Five Rivers MetroParks Celebrates 50th Anniversary

FiveRivers50th-logoDid you know that Dayton, Ohio, is known as “The Adventure Capital of the Midwest?”  When a group of forward-thinking citizens created Five Rivers MetroParks in 1963, they were concerned with quickly disappearing green space in the area, not in developing a nickname for the city.

For the past 50 years, Five Rivers has grown to provide outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. These experiences are unique for each visitor — some come to the parks for their offerings in exciting outdoor adventure. Others visit as a get-away from harried urban life. Still others enjoy the reactions from their children or grandchildren, as they experience nature for the first time.

FiveRivers50th-art-MarshaTo celebrate this milestone anniversary, Five Rivers MetroParks hosted a public event to share stories, display archives, and present an art exhibit by local artists contributing nature-inspired artwork.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you take advantage of the places and opportunities Five Rivers MetroParks makes available in the region. I bookmarked their recommended “50 Things to See and Do” list and plan to try them out this summer.

What is your favorite part of the MetroParks system?


  1. Kim Messer says:

    There are so many things to love about the MetroParks. I have really enjoyed learning about slacklining and kayaking at the Midwest Outdoor Experience event. My parents are using a MetroParks scavenger hunt to take my kids through all the parks looking for specifics plants and animals. My kids love it!

  2. Megan Miller says:

    Five Rivers provides so many different types of parks in the region. We love taking advantage of the variety including the butterfly house and expansive areas for picnics at Cox, the lake at Eastwood, the hiking trails at Sugarcreek, ice skating at RiverScape and the many biking trails to name a few. We hope to teach our kids to appreciate the MetroParks too.

  3. angelatremblay says:

    My family loves exploring the Metroparks. Our favorites include the Children’s Garden at Wegerzyn Gardens, the butterfly house at Cox Arboretum and the 2nd Street Market.

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